R.I.P. Meat Loaf, Bat Out of Hell rocker and familiar movie face

The rock legend is best remembered for his ''Bat Out of Hell'' trilogy and his roles in Rocky Horror and Fight Club

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Singer and actor Meat Loaf, known for his smash hit "Bat Out of Hell" trilogy albums, has passed away on January 20, 2022.

Meat Loaf has given purposefully contradicting information over the years about the source of his unique stage name. He said that he "wanted to maintain a constant lie". The ability to keep a sense of humor about himself and his fame is one of the things that fans remember fondly about the singer.

Meat Loaf started his career in the Sixties in a band called "Meat Loaf Soul", which opened for Van Morrison's band Them. Later the band name would fluctuate between Popcorn Blizzard and The Floating Circus. During this time they opened for The Who, The Stooges, Grateful Dead, and more.

Meat Loaf found himself gaining more mainstream fame after a much-praised performance in Hair in 1971. A few years later he would appear as the role that many still remember him for — Eddie in The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

He was originally cast in the stage musical version as both Eddie and Dr. Scott, but when the musical was turned into a movie, he only played Eddie. Meat Loaf sang one of the best-known songs from the movie, "Hot Patootie", where his deep-frozen motorcyclist gets all the Transylvanians dancing. While he is killed shortly after by a jealous Dr. Frank-N-Furter (Tim Curry), he makes a reappearance later in a gruesome twist where it's revealed his remains have been served for dinner. Many audience participation versions of the film have a callout where the audience cries some gleeful variation of "What's for dinner? Meat Loaf!"

That wouldn't be his only appearance on the screen, big or small. Many fans remember him as Robert "Bob" Paulson in the 1999 iconic film Fight Club, where he plays a man Tyler Durden meets early on in a support group who later plays a pivotal role in the titular fight club. Other appearances include bouncer "Tiny" in Wayne's World, the bus driver in Spice World, Jack Black's father in Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny, and a guest-starring role in the Monk episode "Mr. Monk and the Voodoo Curse".

His greatest fame would come in 1977 with the release of the album Bat Out of Hell. With over 43 million copies sold worldwide, it is one of the best-selling albums of all time. It was ranked number 343 in Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time and has gone platinum 14 times. Notable singles include "Paradise by the Dashboard Light", "Two Out of Three Ain't Bad", and "Bat Out of Hell".

Sixteen years later, Meat Loaf released a direct sequel Bat Out of Hell II: Back Into Hell. Single "I Would Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That)" reached number one in 28 countries. Like the first album, Bat Out of Hell II became a commercial success with over 14 million copies sold. The final album in the trilogy, Bat Out of Hell III: The Monster Is Loose arrived in 2006.

Reportedly the singer was working on another album at the time of his death, but no recording had taken place. 

The rock legend was 74 years old when he passed away.

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WordsmithWorks 28 months ago
I met him once backstage when he played a venue I was working at. Signed a cassette (!) copy of "Bat Out Of Hell" for my assistant with a nice personalized message. Good guy.
UGA2021 28 months ago
If he would have gotten the vaccine he would still be here , his choice ! I don’t feel sorry for people who make dumb choices !
RichLorn 28 months ago
"Paradise by the Dashboard Light" always made me grin.
DennyRegrade 28 months ago
Meatloaf’s music helped me thru one of the most difficult times of my life. RIP rock and roll hero.
jacko3 28 months ago
May Our Good LORD Bless & Rest the Soul ( and legacy) of Singer and Actor Meat Loaf - Amen - Alleluia!
vinman63 28 months ago
If I’m not mistaken but the late David Cassidy of the Partridge Family sang a cover version of You Took the Words Right Out of My Mouth
OlgaBagley 28 months ago
Sadly he Challenge about Covid he said he don’t care he won’t take the vaccine or wear a Mask. Sadly he believes it now 🪦⚰️
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JHP AllisonWunderland 28 months ago
yep it is what it is:)

but then everything on the world wide web is gospel:)
DanielZabo 28 months ago
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All you do is rant. Every post is line after line of you attacking someone. I come here for classic TV and memories of my childhood. Not your agenda, narrative, or ganging up on someone to vilify them for their opinion. Live and let live. Don’t be do fascisty.
DethBiz 28 months ago
RIP Meat Loaf. He was great in Fight Club and Black Dog. COVID has really been bad on people I like.
CouchPotato987 28 months ago
January has been a tough month for celebrity deaths…What an inauspicious way to start the New Year.
JHP CouchPotato987 28 months ago
agreed... HEY we still got BTS
MrsPhilHarris 28 months ago
Boy another person from my youth gone. Loved Bat Out Of Hell.
It’s hard to believe all these amazing individuals are leaving us, one right after another.
AnnieM AllisonWunderland 28 months ago
I think that whole 'death comes in threes' theory went out the window. Over the last year through now, I can't remember a stretch of time where we lost SO MANY celebrities, like you said, 'one right after another.' 😢
justjeff 28 months ago
Before his breakout recording "Bat Out of Hell", he had an LP as (according to Wikipedia) "Stoney & Meatloaf, a collaboration between Meat Loaf and female vocalist Shaun Murphy, released in 1971 on the Motown subsidiary label Rare Earth. Meat Loaf and Murphy met while performing with the Detroit cast of Hair."

Years ago, at a party at a friend's house, a woman there claimed to be "Stoney"... whether she was or not has been lost to time... that was about four decades ago...
AllisonWunderland 28 months ago
So very sad to hear about Meat Loaf…He was definitely one of our fav’s back in the day. I can still remember every word to those songs, they’re kinda unforgettable 😉 He will be missed. RIP Meat Loaf 🙏🏻
BrittReid 28 months ago
Sad day. Bat Out Of Hell was a great LP. R.I.P.
Maverick66 28 months ago
To this day I still wonder what that one thing was that he wouldn't do for love.
Peter_Falk_Fan Maverick66 28 months ago
I wondered that, too. I looked around the internet and found an explanation that sounds good, IMHO:


R.I.P. Meat Loaf. Thanks for the memorable music (and music videos).
justjeff Maverick66 28 months ago
...probably tell the truth about the origins of his nickname. He was quoted as saying that he preferred to keep that a constant lie, along with his true age...
Maverick66 Peter_Falk_Fan 28 months ago
That was way more analysis than I needed of the song - someone had too much time on their hands. Makes good sense, though.
AnnieM Maverick66 28 months ago
I saw a similar article that spared us the analysis and cut right to the chase: https://www.newsnationnow.com/entertainment-news/id-do-anything-for-love-but-i-wont-do-that-meat-loafs-misunderstood-lyric-explained/ 😺
AllisonWunderland AnnieM 28 months ago
I just checked it out and it does make more sense now! Thanks so much for the info 👍
Moody 28 months ago
Wow, its seems every time I look here someone from my younger days has passed. I was never a big fan of Meat Loaf but I do remember those songs especially "Paradise By The Dashboard Light". You heard it nearly everyday on the radio back then but I never got tired of it. RIP Meat Loaf and thanks for the memories.
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AllisonWunderland Moody 28 months ago
That’s what makes this whole situation hilarious…Doobie hates dogs and Maggie despises cats (as we all remember the tree incident awhile back) 😂 This is a classic pic 👍😎😆 Btw, we won’t show them what lynngdance did!
I had to screen shot that one! It’s definitely a keeper 😉
Moody AllisonWunderland 28 months ago
I like they way Maggie is looking sideways at Doobie & he's scowling at her.
AllisonWunderland Moody 28 months ago
I know 😆
daDoctah 28 months ago
I remember a couple of years ago seeing his real name show up in the opening credits of an episode of "Elementary" and thinking "wait, that's Meat Loaf!" and sure enough, there he was playing a retired record producer.
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